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Brain network

The balance of the mind

Oxford Science Blog

If you're seeking to understand mental ill health, it helps to understand mental health first. This is particularly true of neuropsychiatric conditions – when problems with the structure or function of the brain underlie diagnosis.

Carbon dioxide

Renewables and nuclear no substitute for carbon dioxide disposal, argues leading climate physicist


Professor Allen, Professor of Geosystem Science in Oxford's School of Geography and the Environment and Department of Physics, argues that there are only two things we can affect with policies today that will really matter for peak warming: reducing the cost of large-scale capture and disposal of

Not sleeping

Public missing out on a night’s worth of sleep every week


The Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH) has warned that the UK public is under-sleeping by an average of almost an hour every night – which amounts to losing an entire night's sleep over the...

Dr Michael Plant

How to live a happy life

What practical tips would you offer for how to live a happy life? 

By 2013, 60% of commercial properties in Sydney Business sector had green leases.

Going green with the commercial lease


New opportunities to fight climate change in these properties are coming from an unlikely source: the commercial property lease. A new study finds that more than 60% of all leases signed in Sydney...
Synthetic tissue

Scientists create first light-activated synthetic tissues


Scientists at the University of Oxford have created synthetic tissues that possess functional properties controlled by light – including the ability to 'switch on' the expression of individual...
Barclays Helps to Scale-Up the UK: Growing Businesses, Growing Our Economy

Barclays Helps to Scale-Up the UK: Growing Businesses, Growing Our Economy


Barclays is launching a new report on the future of business scale-ups in the UK. It is part of a long-standing project partnership built with the business schools of both the University of Oxford and the University of Cambridge.

Denisova Cave

Novel collagen fingerprinting identifies a Neanderthal bone among 2,000 fragments


All the tiny pieces of bone were recovered from a key archaeological site, Denisova Cave in Russia, with the remaining fragments found to be from animal species like mammoths, woolly rhino, wolf and reindeer.

Mount Stuart

Poetry experts mark World Poetry Day

Oxford Arts Blog

Today poetry fans around the world are celebrating World Poetry Day.

To mark the day, we asked poetry experts from our English Faculty and Faculty of Medieval and Modern Languages about their own research into poetry, and what poems they recommend we should read today.

Pension cuts 'linked' with death rates among those aged 85 and over

Pension cuts have 'significant link' with death rates among older pensioners


In England, total spending on Pension Credits (income support payments for low-income pensioners) reduced by 6.5% in 2012. The research investigates why deaths rates for older pensioners, which had been in decline, began to rise again after 2010 and whether this trend was linked to budget cuts.

Setting a quit day

If you want to quit smoking, do it now


Smokers who try to cut down the amount they smoke before stopping are less likely to quit than those who choose to quit all in one go, Oxford University researchers have found. Their study is...
More people are falling down the social ladder.

Decades of educational expansion 'had little effect on social mobility'


He will show that more advantaged families now use their economic, cultural, and social edge to ensure their children stay at the top of the social class ladder.


Health and safety in Tudor England

Oxford Arts Blog

Death is not a laughing matter. But an ongoing study into coroners’ reports into accidental deaths in Tudor England has turned up some deaths which do sound like something out of a slapstick comedy routine.

Oxford skyline

Three Oxford academics are new Fellows of Academy of Social Sciences


Three Oxford academics have been awarded Academy of Social Sciences Fellowship status. They are Professor Louise Richardson, Vice-Chancellor and Professor of International Relations; Professor...

The definition of success


Oxford University scientists carry out clinical trials for a range of medical conditions every year. The hope with each one is that it could lead to a viable treatment to cure or alleviate that...
Boat speeding in circles

Better engine, worse compass


Researchers have shed light on a critical paradox of modern medical research – why research is getting more expensive even though the cost and speed of carrying out many elements of studies has...

Are big-city transportation systems too complex for human minds?


Many of us know the feeling of standing in front of a subway map in a strange city, baffled by the multi-coloured web staring back at us and seemingly unable to plot a route from point A to point B.
Neuron model

The 'game-changing' projects at the cutting edge of healthcare technology


The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) has today announced £9m of funding – known as the Healthcare Technologies Challenge Awards – to be shared among research projects that...

75 years of penicillin in people


A scratch from a rose thorn while gardening. It’s an easy injury to pick up even if you’re being careful. It’s annoying but no more than that. If that scratch were to be in your mouth, that would...

0043 – Agent of the no secrets service?


Fearless in the face of corporate interests and revealing information from even the most secretive laboratories, Policy 0043 is unique, making the European Medicines Agency (EMA) the most open and...


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